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Name:
Cathi

Status:
Dreaming of the mountains...


Who is Granny?

I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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On Granny's Calendar
  • August 15 - SAC Day begins
  • August 16 - Sam is 7!
  • August 20 - Kristen's birthday
  • August 30 - THE WELTYS ARRIVE!
  • Sept 3 - FAMILY PICTURES
  • Sept 3 - Chris' birthday
  • Sept 5 - Henry is 9!
  • Sept 7 - Isaac is 10!
  • Sept 17 - The Papa's birthday
  • Sept 23-30 - Granny and Papa go to Hawaii
  • Sept 26 - PawPop is 88!
  • Sept 29 - Tim is 15!
  • Oct 2 - Cheyenne's birthday
  • Oct 4 - Liam is 5!
  • Oct 7 - John Caleb is 17!
  • Oct 18 - Tony's birthday



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    Granny Cares
  • Care Calendar
  • Agape Pregnancy Help Center San Antonio
  • World Vision

  • Granny Cooks (and Eats)!

  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Once a Month Mom
  • $5 Dinners
  • Full Bellies, Happy Kids
  • A Year of Crockpotting


  • Granny's House (and yours!)

  • Simple Mom
  • The Nesting Place
  • Between Naps on the Porch
  • The Inspired Room



  • Granny gets around...
  • A Holy Experience
  • MommyLife
  • Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
  • Preschoolers and Peace
  • Breathing Grace
  • theMangoTimes



  • Granny stays informed...
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

  • Granny Thinks...
  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

  • Granny says you may go to...
  • PowerLine Blog
  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

  • Granny goes to the movies...
  • Netflix
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • ScreenIt.com

  • Granny is watching!
  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • SPOGG
  • Mighty Red Pen
  • Conjugate Visits

  • Granny smiles at...
  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich


  • Sunday, June 08, 2008
    Sunday snippets...

    So at this time last week I was embarked on a secret project and since the word is now out to all the folks I was trying to surprise (and did, in some cases :-) ), I can now share what I was doing. After 23 years of home schooling and living with dual purpose rooms, I decided it was time to treat my family to a REAL dining room, free of textbooks and calculators and microscopes and slides with...with...what was it on that glass slide? Oh yeah. Well anyway, I emptied the room, and with the help of my non-decorating-challenged daughter, I put down a new rug, hung curtains, moved shelves, and put up pictures which do NOT include parts of speech, bones, or Civil War timelines. No, these pictures are sidewalk cafes and lovely bottles of Chardonnay and fruit still lifes...the kind of things you can look at and still want to eat your dinner. Nothing really fancy here...still the same beat up old table we've had since before CJ was born, crying for refinishing...bookshelves repurposed to hold silver and linens and candles...a treasured dresser finding new life as a sideboard. But it signals a transition in our lives, one that I might just write about someday. We still have lots of school days ahead (six years, probably), but we have no more real need of a school room. So when The Papa returns this week, we will "christen" our new dining room and celebrate the beginning of a new season at Granny's House. Wish I had some "before" pictures, but those of you who live in homeschool land don't need any visuals for that. Take it from me: these pictures represent a huge change...










    Speaking of new seasons, we've just seen the changing of one in the '08 election. The week provided several electrifying moments and breathless speculation, surely only a prelude to the next five months. God protect us.

    This week, during all the working and driving and whatnot, I've discovered a new favorite author--Leif Enger. His novel Peace Like a River has captivated me as much for the writing as for the story itself; I'll be watching for his novels the rest of my life. The only way I would know how to describe him is as the 21st century Mark Twain.

    As dependent as I've become on the internet in the past few years and as much benefit as I've derived from it, I've worried at times that all its charms might isolate us and keep us hidden in our houses, safe from dangers but also sterilized from all the richness of face-to-face interaction and ministry. I'm no longer worried that the internet will cause this. If anything brings us to a hermit-like end, it's going to be gas prices.

    And the highlight of today: our Bethany is 18 today. Because she is usually behind the camera instead of its target, I can't come up with many pictures of her, but those of you who know her need no reminder of her impish smile and her winsome personality. Beth is standing on the edge of adulthood, pursuing many different interests and avenues of ministry and continuing to amaze us with the breadth of her talents. Pint-sized compared to the rest of the family, her heart and her wit can outdo all of us...

    When Beth was two, I said, "Bethany, you have such a tiny little face!" She looked at me with a slight bewilderment and replied, "But it goes all the way down to my chin!"

    HAPPY 18TH, BETHANY!

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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


    Oxymoronica...

    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson


    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]


    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...


  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor



  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough


  • Oh, the thinks you
    can think...
  • Tapestry of Grace
  • Anatomical Charts
  • America's Library
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Hurricane Demo

  • Oh, the places we'll go...
  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
  • The MAiZE
  • Magik Theatre
  • Sheldon Vexler Children's Theatre

  • Granny always says...
    Scott Ott is TOO funny.
    I'd have a comment, but I am absolutely swamped he...
    Folks, Juan Williams is one of my favorite libera...
    Ah yes, the blog! Actually, it's a testament to m...
    Now this is sobering: Antibacterial wipes can s...
    In my ongoing attempt to keep my readers informed....
    Poor Hillary. She can't be the president. She ca...
    Though the drama is far from over, it appears that...
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    Grace Notes

    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
    Demands my soul, my life,
    my all!"